In the last decades horror films with scary themes were written off as ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade films. The arrival of Ram gopal verma changed their image among public and today horror films are part of many multiplex movies too.
Opting evil themes for his flicks and churning out with regular intervals RGV created a niche for himself for making such kind of films.
In Hindi film industry many years back Biren Nag’ film BEES SAAL BAAD (Twenty years back) made with similar theme was a major hit in those days and in a way it opened doors for horror film genre.
The most familiar name for these kind of flicks in Hindi film industry and in India as well is Ramsay Brothers who have made many Purana madirs and Havelis etc films, but as they made with meager budgets and little known cast those films are marked as ‘B’ or ‘C’ and that treatment changed since arrival of Verma.
As far as Telugu is concern in the past Vijayaniramala made a film with Krishna’’Devudey digivaste’’, and Jagapathi pictures with ANR in lead ’’Anthastulu’’ are some of the demonic flicks with major stars. In Hollywood too well known directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Stanley Kubrick, and Francis Ford Coppola at times tested the scary themes.
But undoubtedly it is verma who catapulted horror genre to the mainstream range by getting them released in multiplexes and casting major stars.
Though rationalists are staunchly accusing the makers of encouraging superstitions the filmy public are of the view that “Fear is part of the human psyche. And the elements of horror like demons, occult sciences, spirits, black magic and ghosts are embedded in various cultures across the globe. Whether, they are scientifically proven or not, they exist in the shape of traditional and religious beliefs and it is up to the film-maker to extend that belief to reality. Depiction of horror is an ancient art by itself and the genre has got its own brand loyalty,”
‘’At certain times reason loses battle to beliefs’’ is proven correct in case of horror films.